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EU and New Zealand launch trade negotiations


The EU has launched negotiations for a trade agreement with New Zealand. In the New Zealand capital of Wellington, EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and New Zealand's Minister for Trade David Parker officially launched talks for a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement on 21 July.
The aim of the negotiations is to remove barriers to trade in goods and services, create opportunities for small and large companies, as well as setting ambitious rules in line with other trade agreements of the EU, contributing to shape global trade.
The announcement follows the launch of negotiations with Australia earlier this week. It also comes soon after the conclusion of negotiations with Mexico, the finalisation of the agreements with Japan and Singapore, and the EU-Canada agreement, which entered into force in September of last year.
Whilst in New Zealand, Commissioner Malmström is also meeting with Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters, as well as with the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs. On 21 June, she holds a public Europa lecture organised by the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs.
During her visit, Commissioner Malmström is also meeting with the Ministers for Climate Change and Regional Development, as well as with representatives of civil society, academia and business. On 22 June, she is visiting an innovation hub with companies with ties to the EU.

More info: Press release -   DG Trade website -  

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